Wine Tasting 10/26

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This week we feature Family owned Wineries in the good old USA.

We start in a small lot nestled in the Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon overlooking the beautiful and serene Willamette Valley where the Black family tend to an exquisite Pinot Blanc. Down in Sonoma Valley the Bundschu family has crafted their ancestral Gewürztraminer since 1858 in their Rhine farm Vineyard, mastering the full expression of the erratic temperatures of 2008 when a lot of neighbors had to give up. Back in Willamette Valley a mix of volcanic and sedimentary soils framed with warm summers attracted Gary Andrus  more than 30 years ago to adopt the Burgundian Grand Cru model and cultivate numerous french clones.  Now we have a world class Pinot Noir that’s a tribute to his vision, pioneering and hard work. The Allomi Vineyard is located on the eastern base of Howell Mountain in one of the more remote areas of Napa County, the combination of a long, warm growing season and well-drained soils creates optimal ripening conditions, which make it an ideal location for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 210 acre vineyard is composed of 35 unique blocks with six different clones. By selecting the best blocks each vintage,  since 1844 the Hess family  produces a distinctive wine notable for its depth and complexity. The history of the Lodi region tells the story of men and women with skill, vision and the shared ideals of hard work and dedication. From its beginning in 1850, the region has been highly respected. These days, Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi; that explains a Zinfandel that feels and taste like a gold rush.


This tasting is a celebration to experience, dedication and hard work.



Tuesday October 26th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings




White peach, honey and butterscotch combine on the nose with lychee nuts. An invitingly fresh zest of lime flavor is followed by Asian pear, peach and grapefruit. This is a full bodied, balanced wine with a long finish.

BTG $ 7.50                             Retail $19.99




 Aromas of orange blossom, sweet lemon peel and loads of spice leap from this intensely fragrant Gewürztraminer. A lively entry leads to ripe flavors of kaffir lime, blood orange, apricot and honeysuckle, all kept in elegant balance by the vibrant structure. The bright finish of citrus and spice goes on and on. Wonderfully bright and fresh in its youth, this classic, dry Gewürztraminer will continue to develop richness up to fifteen years from vintage.

BTG $ 7.50                             Retail $19.99




Forefront Pinot Noir 20008 was made in tribute to Archery Summit’s founder, Gary Andrus. Archery Summit (now owned by Pine Ridge) is located in Oregon’s Dundee Hills. Forefront Pinot Noir 08 contains a big chunk of Dundee Hills fruit.

Rich explosive aromas of dark cherry draw you in to an equally complex and intense palate built around a core of black cherry wrapped up with a bow of licorice and complementary oak.

BTG $ 8.50                              Retail $21.99




The 210 acre vineyard is composed of 35 unique blocks with six different clones. By selecting the best blocks each vintage, THE winemaker produces a distinctive wine notable for its depth and complexity. This wine expresses a lush, firm texture, with good acidity, firm tannins and distinctive fruit forward flavors, with aromas of raspberries, black cherries and a hint of vanilla, which continue on a red fruit-driven palate. Ripe flavors of cherries, plum and currant mingle with hints of nutmeg and graphite, with a slight toasty oak component. Silky, youthful tannins are coating on a rich, textured mid palate, continuing on a lingering finish.

BTG $9.25                              Retail $24.99




The original  Earthquake Zin came from an old Lodi vineyards  planted around the time of San Francisco’s great earthquake in 1906.  While mulling over a label name in the vineyard, Michael Phillips thought it only seemed fitting to relate this intense wine with the historical quake.  Huge, dark and rich. Coffee, dark chocolate, blackberry, plum and black cherry aromas, with smoky, spicy notes. Powerfully rich in the mouth with good intensity. A long spicy finish.

BTG $ 9.00                                 Retail $23.99

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